Tuesday, October 30, 2012

SLA calls for public tender for land used by BTSC


SINGAPORE: More than 80 horses at the Bukit Timah Saddle Club (BTSC) may have to be relocated if the club fails to win a public tender after its tenancy expires on December 31.

The Singapore Land Authority (SLA) said it informed BTSC in May 2011 that its lease will not be automatically renewed.

SLA's Private Land Operations Division Director Mr Lee Seng Lai said a public tender will be called on Tuesday for 51 Fairways Drive. This is to ensure fairness and transparency.

It also said that so far, three parties, including BTSC, have indicated their interest in bidding for the land. The use of the site must still cater to horse-riding activities for the public.

If the BTSC does not win the bid, it will have to move by June 30, 2013.

The winning bidder will have use of the 104,567 square metre site till 2018, when the land returns to the government for redevelopment.

BTSC did not comment when approached by Channel NewsAsia, as it does not operate on Mondays.

However, a horse owner told the channel that she was informed earlier by BTSC, and was sad to hear about the expiry. She added she may relocate her horse to another stable if need be.

The tender will close on November 20 at 11am.


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